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name for the fruits of several unrelated Old and New World plants used as spices or vegetables or in medicine. Old World (True) Peppers
Black pepper (Piper nigrum
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Capsicum annuum. A type of pepper with nonpungent flesh, grown for its long red fruit from which a dried, ground condiment is prepared.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. a mild powdered seasoning made from a sweet variety of red pepper
2. the fruit or plant from which this seasoning is obtained
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